- The Youth Apprentice Program is for juvenile offenders. The program prepares these teens to undertake the GED or to return to high school by teaching them professional business practices (time management, dress, and attitude) and vocational skills (e.g., welding, electronics, automotive repair, etc.) through apprenticeship placements with mentors at local participating businesses, as well as lifeskills classes (parenting, conflict/anger management, and financial literacy). To date all 30 of the youth completing this program have either returned to high school or finished their GED. Six of them are now in college. Read more...
- The Youth at Work program assists youth between the ages of 18-22 in developing job readiness skills. At the IGCC, these youth train in clerical and reception work, building maintenance, and gardening.
- The Summer Significance Academy is a six week program for students entering middle school. This program seeks to enhance study habits, math, and science skills, then tracks youngsters in their sixth grade year, providing tutoring as necessary. Older community members serve as volunteers for this program. To date this program has benefitted 65 students.
- The YES! 21st Century project improves reading and math skills for low-scoring third through fifth graders. This NC curriculum-based program is conducted year-round and includes enrichment programs and field trips. The program provides a young adult mentor/coach as well as older community outreach workers to support children and parents on a daily basis. Since its inception, this program has assisted approximately 260 students. Read more...
- Seniors Sowing Seeds (SSS) is a new program which connects elderly women with young, pregnant girls. The elderly provide these girls with childcare advice, cooking and sewing lessons, and home management skills. In turn, the girls teach the elderly about new technology, including cell phones, computers, email, and digital cameras. Read more...
- A model community garden demonstrates various aspects of vegetable gardening and is maintained and harvested by youth-at-work participants, community volunteers and our seniors. This garden is integrated into the children’s applied math and science programs and also serves as a source of fresh produce for the community.
- Other projects include mini-health seminars; a quilting group; and programs involving tax assistance, small business development, and financial planning and home ownership, as well as many others. Center employees and student interns help community members with job résumés; health, childcare, and legal issues; social services; and the location of needed food banks.